IMPORTANT NEWS! :D

I have news…It’s pretty big, but I can’t tell you yet because I have to wait…

Don’t ya just hate it when someone does this?

Me to but it’s my news and I have to keep it a secret for just a little bit longer.

I haven’t even told my family. The only two people who know are my best friend Charley and my other half Lee…well Lee accidentally told his mum because he didn’t realise he needed to keep it a secret but that’s ok.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to tell you this week because I’ve had to keep quiet about this for almost 6 weeks and I am NOT GOOD at keeping secrets.

OOOOOO the suspense is killing me!

For now I’ll leave you with a happy Wednesday picture of me with one of my many cuppas and a brand new red blouse with foofy sleeves (completely LOVE by the way)

Hope you’re all doing well lovelies, off for a swim later and hope you’re smashing your targets whatever they may be.

Ooo before I go, I found these the other day while looking for some paperwork and was absolutely gobsmacked…

I can’t even remember being that big and could not believe what I was seeing. There is a lot of sadness in those eyes and I know more than anyone how hard it is on this journey.

For anyone who’s joined my journey of late, it never gets any easier, I don’t care what anyone says. There is ALWAYS that mental battle going on with food, but it’s about how we respond to it and how we build on it.

Remember, I’m always here if you are struggling or need that extra bit of support. I would appreciate the support too because a lot of people think that it’s just easy for me now I’ve done the hard work. But they don’t see the sweat pouring out of me at the gym, or the amount of times I tell myself no to thoughts of bingeing on crap.

They just see a slimmed down version of Tasha who seems to be flying through this healthy journey.

But it never ends, the journey is always continuing on.

WATCH THIS SPACE πŸ˜‰

SIMW

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9 Stone lighter; what a difference!

Why hello my little squishy pets of loveliness! (Sorry, trying something new)

As it’s Wednesday, I would ordinarily be going to Slimming World; however, if you read my post on Monday, you’ll know that I’m taking a break.

So, instead of sitting in image therapy for an hour, I thought I would do my own little Tasha therapy here.

Here are my Top 10 things I love doing now I’m 9 stone lighter

  • Being able to shop anywhere and buy something in my size
  • Wearing some of my old size 24 clothes and loving the snugglyness
  • The ability to walk uphill at a moderate pace without breaking a sweat
  • Learning to cook new meals and choosing new ingredients to spice them up!
  • No longer having ‘aggressive boobs’ as my step daughter puts it
  • Able to sleep on my back without feeling claustrophobic
  • I can actually plank for 1 minute 30 seconds now..WTF!
  • Feeling like a normal person who isn’t being stared at everywhere she goes
  • Being able to wear fitting clothes and not hide my figure

All of these combined make me feel like a new person; I love being able to walk down my local high street and not feel the dread that I used to feel wondering what people thought as I walked past. The constant pulling down of my top and pulling up of my jeans to make sure my belly wasn’t hanging out. Never having to worry about getting left behind whilst out walking with a friend or sibling, now I’m in front! Being able to shop anywhere I like and able to buy anything off the peg, even Topshop (their clothes are horribly expensive and I will never purchase from them at those prices however!).

I finally feel normal, whatever that’s supposed to be. I only ever wanted to look like everyone else, and, I know that’s the wrong way of putting it because I embrace individuality as much as the next person. But I felt like I stuck out and was an eyesore; I felt apologetic for looking the way I did and no one should ever feel that way.

I am learning to love myself and everything that I have in the present time, rather than thinking, ‘I’ll be happy when…’. It doesn’t work that way, we have to take the good with the bad and appreciate what we have already, not what we hope to have in the future.

So, in my current state, I love my waist, my eyes, my smile and I love my ever growing confidence that I can wear what I want and not feel silly.

What do you appreciate about yourself right now?

SIMW

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Time for a Revelation

Hiya lovelies,

How’re you doing?

I’ve been super busy working a wedding show last weekend and then subsequently ate my own body weight in takeaway. Mcdonalds, indian, chinese, indian again…you name it, I’ve eaten it.

Anyway, I’m back on the straight and narrow this week and have to tell you this as I feel like it’s a bit of a revelation.

Are you ready?

I’m taking a break from Slimming World.

Now I’m not saying I’ve quit and shouting hurray from the roof tops but I have to say it was messing with my mental state and I knew it was time to take a break.

I’m in a completely different stage of my journey now than I was when I first started this blog, and am focussing more on toning up and building muscle than weight loss. I feel comfortable in the fact that I can stick around 12 and a half stone for the rest of my life and still eat healthily with some naughty treats thrown in there too.

Yes it’s a constant battle and maybe I will go back to Slimming World after some time away, but for now I am going to try and stick to it my own way, without the constant worry about what the scales might say each week.

I’m going to get weighed maybe every 2 weeks and then try to move it to once a month and, ( I know I say this all the time) I’m going to take my bloody measurements and progress pictures because I have the shittest memory ever!

I hope that wherever you are on your journey, you’re smashing your goals but even if you’re struggling, that’s ok too.

I have been too hard on myself and have forgotten the amazing achievement of 9 stone loss. Yeah I know it’s not the magic 10 but is that extra stone gonna magically make me happier? No.

I thought I’d be happy at a 16-18 and then realised I could keep going, so I did.

And now I’m at a point where I want to try and build my strength and fitness and see if I can up those weights and build up my stamina running for longer periods of time.

These little goals are my new way of maintaining my health, so if I can eat healthy 80% of the time, I think we’re onto a winner, don’t you?

SIMW

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It was going so well…

Ok so, I started off so well and then my laziness appeared Friday and this happened…

 

Yeah I did not make it to the end of Dry January, I know, I’m crap! But I did 20 days and that’s something I suppose. I had nearly a full bottle of wine and a curry (that we made…with a packet sauce, but had it with salad…and a few buffet chicken things from Iceland).


Then Saturday I had a huge bowl of Mini chocolate chip Weetabix (no weighing and measuring there) and tried not to eat much all day, then around 6ish, we drove to get a KFC. Not just chicken though mind; I had a Wicked Zinger towered large meal with coleslaw for my side AND a flaming wrap too.

The Sunday I made a definite effort to have a healthy breakfast so had 3 reduced fat sausages, 2 scrambled eggs, some beans and mushrooms… And I knew I had a busy day of shopping round Country Baskets for my bouquet stuff for the wedding (Have you ever been? It is AHMAZING!).

Mum managed to spend Β£60 bless her on fake flowers for my bouquet and all the buttonholes, along with lots of ribbon, oasis (stuff you stick flowers in) and other glitzy bits.

I’m quite nervous now as it isn’t very far away and I still have a lot to pay for. Just wondering where to find the money I suppose haha.

Anyway, in the evening I had a few well-spent hours with my better half listening to some music (managed to sip 4 rum and diet cokes in the process) and had a chicken dinner with all the ‘healthy’ trimmings.


I think it’s safe to say my weekend was pretty much trashed food wise but ah well, onwards and upwards!

Had a good day yesterday, went to gym and hoping to have another good day today, followed by a gym sesh too. πŸ™‚

Keeping my fingers crossed for a maintain but a loss would be great too. I went to the gym 4 times last week and think I pulled a muscle, so am paying for it slightly now. I need to remember not to go too hard and to properly stretch afterwards.

My weigh in is tomorrow (or Today as I’m posting this) for those who don’t know and I still need to get back in target. I need to lose 1.5lb to do that.

Will update you here but be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook as I update there first.

Have a wonderful day lovelies and speak soon!

SIMW

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Reminding myself of how far I’ve come

OK, so it’s time for a little self love which I feel is way overdue if I do say so myself.

We all go around shouting body positivity and saying fuck what everyone else thinks. You are you and you are unique, so it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks…Right?

But how many of you actually believe that? How many of you appreciate what you are both inside and out? I don’t, I’ll be honest, but I’m trying.

I fall foul of this and say I appreciate what I’ve achieved but its been that slow a process for the last 12 months or so, that I seem to have forgotten just how damn hard I have worked over the past 3 years to get where I am now.

So without further delay,here are a few of my old pics and a few new ones mixed in too, just to show both you and myself how far I have come and how much progress I’ve made.

Hopefully this will help you as much as I’m hoping it will me.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who feels complacent with their diet or healthy lifestyle and I do try not to call it a diet because it shouldn’t be. But we restrict ourselves if we have a particularly heavy weekend with the booze or food and we shouldn’t.

The aim should be just to live healthier in general, not 4 days on and 3 days off. It doesn’t work that way.

Anyway I’m moving off topic here but what I’m trying to say is, if you are one of those who feel like they are trying to live healthier but are just going through the motions. Find a collection of photos both before, during and at the shape you are now and really look at them and take in everything you have achieved.

If you’re just starting your journey, then find a photo of you where you felt fantastic and use that as a goal to feel as good as you did in that photo. It doesn’t necessarily mean to lose a certain amount of weight but maybe to get better sleep, or learn to find new hobbies to do in your spare time or just to do more fun things that makes you happy.

Whatever it is, hold onto it and remind yourself how well you’re doing and that yes, you ARE ENOUGH.

Woah got a bit deep there.

Speak Soon lovelies, have a fab day!

SIMW

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SW Update and Dry January

Good Morning lovelies!

How are you doing today? Did you have a good weekend making good choices?

God I sound like a Slimming World consultant!

AAnnywwhhooo, Just a little update on how things are going. I lost 3lb at SW on Wednesday, am still sticking to the Dry January plan (and struggling ever so slightly!)15 days to go, so I’m almost half way there!

Me and my bestie took some pictures of our body shapes at the gym the other day, to try and have a better way of measuring our progress in terms of toning up for the big day in June.

So here are my pics…please be kind and those of you who have followed me since the beginning know how big the transformation has been so far.

Just ignore the face here…not really sure what I was doing!

So this is what I have to work with and my aim is to try and pull in my stomach and waist and try and tone up my arms as best I can before my wedding day.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week and keep track of my updates on Instagram as I post my meals on there..

Speak soon lovelies!

SIMW

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Healthy low calorie flapjacks

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about healthy foods and what to eat and healthy desserts and wanted to try a few new  recipes.

I came upon these low calorie flapjacks and thought I’d give them a go.

The original link to the recipe is here: https://mrsjacksoncooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/totally-delicious-low-calorie-flapjacks/

And here is my finished effort:

I think I should’ve taken them out of the oven a little sooner and did think the 40 minutes was quite a long time to bake. 

I added chopped walnuts,dried apricots and raisins and they are perfect.

According to slimming world,these are around 6 syns each but I made more than the recipe says so I’m gonna say they’re 4.5-5  syns.

The plan is to freeze some and defrost them as I want to eat them to save me stuffing my face with the whole lot πŸ˜‚

Anyway I have these a try and they are lovely but definitely on the overdone side,


But they’re a nice change from the usual fruit and yoghurt as my dessert.

I want to try and stay interested in my food and try as many new things as I can so I’ve made a slimming world lasagne for the first time,these flap jacks and going to try and make some sort of jelly dessert this week too!

Anyway,I’m off for a well deserved bath ready for work tomorrow.Its a gym day so going to have a good sweat sesh!

I’ve also had a full week off alcohol woo! And going to try dry January to see if I can go the entire month off the pop.Lets see how it goes. 😊

That’s all for now lovelies,have a wonderful week making healthy choices and Il check back in with you soon!

SIMW

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